Coin Update found an article in Florida Today about the maker of the toss coin used in tonight's Super Bowl. Any collectors out there planning to buy one? Be sure to watch the video - it's a great lesson in coin making, and includes footage of a Janvier reducing machine in action. The image from the article is of one of the dies. They actually make FOUR dies, one for each team in the final round of playoffs. They make coins in advance for each possible Super Bowl matchup, then destroy the ones not needed.
As it has for the past 21 years, a Melbourne company's product will have the attention of an estimated 170 million people on Sunday.
The Highland Mint, 4100 North Riverside Dr. , made the 1.5-inch diameter coin that will be used in the opening toss deciding whether the New York Giants or the New England Patriots kicks off or receives. After the game, the coin goes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of its Super Bowl XLVI display.
The remaining 99 coins of the first 100 coins pressed are given to players and NFL dignitaries. The rest - about 9,900 - then are sold to the general public for $99.95.
Who is are Highland Mint officials cheering for? The Giants-and the Patriots.
"We can't go wrong either way," said Vince Bohbot, executive vice president. "Both teams have a strong fan base."
To read the complete article, see:
Melbourne's Highland Mint crafts official Super Bowl coin
Wayne Homren, Editor
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